John Legend closes in on EGOT with Emmy nomination

Legend is up for an Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for playing Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, and for producing the show alongside theater legends Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, who are also an E away from their own EGOTs. This marks the first time Legend has been nominated for the small screen's biggest award. The singer-come-actor scored a nomination in the category of Lead Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie for his role of Jesus in NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.

Since Legend has already won a Grammy, Oscar, and Tony over the course of his career, if he nabs the Emmy award on September 17, he will join the coveted group of, ahem, legends (there are only 12 in total!) who have already scored wins at all four of the award ceremonies including the likes of Rita Moreno, Whoopi Goldberg, Audrey Hepburn, and Mel Brooks.

With the announcement of the 2018 Emmy Award nominees, one star has a lot more at stake than the slew of other contenders.

ET recently spoke with Legend at the launch of his new Legend Vineyards Exclusive (LVE) rosé in Beverly Hills, California, last month and the entrepreneur admitted that it would be "pretty incredible" if he were to become an EGOT victor. "But when I got close I thought, 'Well, that would be really cool'".

"13 nominations for Jesus Christ Superstar this morning!" she wrote.

As Entertainment Weekly notes, if the night goes well for him, he'll join the incredibly exclusive ranks of EGOT winners such as Richard Rodgers, Mel Brooks, Rita Moreno, Audrey Hepburn and Whoopi Goldberg.

This morning, Samira Wiley ("The Handmaid's Tale", "Orange Is the New Black") and Ryan Eggold ("New Amsterdam", "BlackKklansman") announced the nominations for the 70TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS from the WOLFTheatre at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center. "But it's ok I AM SO PROUD!"

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